After two years, I finally bought my first “container” of Japanese gum. Yes, I normally think of gum coming in packs, too. You may also wonder why it took two years. When we were living in London I bought several packs of gum only to discover that they tasted like Vick’s vapor rub, yuck. I have only bought Wrigley’s at the international market. At least, I know what it tastes like.
Last week, a young couple sitting across from me on the train were comparing their containers of gum. The girl had hers in a plastic teddy bear head which turned out to be inferior to the boys sleak purple container. He was able to provide her with a square white paper to dispose of the piece she had been chewing. Intrigued by this feature, I headed to the corner convenience store to get my own. The gum in the container is the chiclet type. The container has two sections the large one holds the gum and a small narrow one holds the white paper squares used for disposing of chewed gum. Japanese packaging never ceases to amaze me.